Caroline Weeks’ debut album, Songs For Edna, is to be made available on vinyl and for download in March 2009. This keenly anticipated collection will be released on the Los Angeles-based Manimal Vinyl. Caroline Weeks has been a part of Bat For Lashes for over three years and also previously performed under the name Ginger Lee but has now reverted to using her family name.
Born and bred on the Sussex coast, Caroline comes from a long line of musicians, in the 1920s the fifteen-strong “Weeks brass band” was famed across East Sussex, while, more recently, her Grandfather can be seen playing the church organ in the movie of Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm.
A classically trained flautist and effortlessly self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Caroline’s current weapon of choice is a three-quarter-sized classical Spanish guitar, which she uses to brew a heady mix of cantering finger picks and delicately decaying sound shapes, where the spaces are just as important as the notes. Add to this her own “secret” tuning (which has been known to flummox even the most competent of guitarists looking to have a quick strum in the Green Room) and you have a truly original sound.
All of this is then topped of by the voice of an English Rose. Her songs are both powerful and at the same time fragile; and to hear Caroline sing is to witness English folk music tradition colliding with a contemporary stitching of everyone from Nico and Joni Mitchell to Kate Bush and Vashti Bunyan.
Caroline now lives in Brighton, United Kingdom where, aside from her solo work and commitments to Bat For Lashes, she also plays accordion in Euchrid Eucrow (a howling death-folk-roots trio featuring British Sea Power’s Abi Fry) and occasionally ventures out with the theatrical all-girl chamber quartet Pthhh (with fellow BFL player Quinta).
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